BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Part-time (pre-registration)

Accredited by the College of Occupational Therapy (COT) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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If you're looking into an exciting career as an occupational therapist, but don't have the time to take a full-time course, then we're here to offer you a solution. We operate a flexible part-time programme that will require 2-3 days per week of attendance, working alongside full-time students on a course fully accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists.

You'll learn how to apply therapy to a diverse range of patients, from children to the elderly, including people with learning disabilities or physical and mental health problems. Thanks to our placement opportunities, you'll work alongside professional therapists throughout the North West, putting your education into practice and developing your own skills. We offer everything you need at a pace that suits you, helping you go straight into employment as a fully qualified occupational therapist.

NHS Funding

The government will continue to provide a maintenance bursary for part-time students to this programme for the duration of the course for a capped number of new students starting in 2017/18. Part-time students will have access to tuition fee loans through the standard student finance route.

Students who change from part-time to full time courses during their study will no longer be eligible to receive the NHS maintenance bursary from the date of the changes. Students will then need to apply to the Student Loans Company to receive support for living costs.’

Part-time students who enrol from 2018/19 onwards will be eligible for funding provided by the SLC, subject to a wider consultation on part-time undergraduate loans for living costs.

The course covers all aspects of occupational therapy, including over 1000 hours of work placement. You achieve an academic award and are eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health & Care Professions Council.

A wide variety of teaching and assessment methods are used. You learn in large and small groups, through formal teaching, group work, individual study, problem-based learning, practicals, research and work placement. You work with radiography, nursing, physiotherapy and other healthcare students as part of inter-professional learning. Subjects include—Human Biology, Healthcare, Psychosocial Theories of Human Life, Professional Practice, Therapeutic Media, OT in Mental Health, Neurology and Oncology, Physical Health and Trauma, Community Practice and Collaborative Care. You also have the opportunity to work in clinics run within the department.

Year one

  • Fundamentals of Professional Practice
  • Foundations In Occupational Therapy
  • Developing Professional Practice Skills for Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Occupation
  • Applying Models and Therapeutic Media in Practice
  • Practice Placement 1
  • Practice Placement (Observation)

Students exiting at this point with 120 credits at Level 4 would receive a Certificate Allied Health Studies

Year two

  • OT in Practice 1: Childhood Through to young Adulthood
  • Contemporary Issues in OT (1) Proposal
  • Using Evidence to Support Practice
  • OT in Practice 2: Middle to Older Adulthood
  • Practice Placement 2
  • Working with Others

Students exiting at this point with 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5 would receive a Diploma Allied Health Studies

Year three

  • Using Evidence to Evaluate Practice
  • Practice Placement 3
  • Contemporary Issues in OT (2)in Application
  • Exploring Applied Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Professional Practice in Context
  • Practice Placement 4

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table

112-120 tariff points from a maximum of 3 A Levels. Also to include GCSE English Language grade C or above.  Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.  We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

We strongly recommend you visit an occupational therapist prior to interview as you will be asked about your understanding of their role at interview.

Ideally recent successful study at level 3 within the last 3 years.

Alternate qualifications accepted for entry include:

    • BTEC Extended Diploma in Health& Social Care DMM - DDM
    • BTEC Diploma in Health & Social Care D*D*
    • Other BTEC subjects are accepted
    • Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits overall. Minimum 45 Level 3 graded credits, 24 at distinction and 21 merit
    • 112-120 tariff points from a maximum of 4 Scottish Highers
    • 112-120 tariff points from a maximum of 4 Irish Leaving Certificate Highers

Some work experience or shadowing prior to interview is required.

All places are offered subject to successful interview, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS formerly CRB), medical fitness to practise and proof of qualifications.

Fitness to practise and health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening.   Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.

Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC and HCPC information to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.

For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click here. There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.

In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

Disclosure and Barring Service check
If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check.  Details on the policy can be found here.

Interview Process

Students who are selected for interview attend an information session and campus tour, followed by a group assessment and individual interview. The selection is based on the academic profile, personal statement, and reference, as well as demonstrating a good understanding of occupational therapy. This understanding would be greatly enhanced, either by taking part in work experience or visiting at least two workplaces. Interests and experience are also considered, but, above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential.

Provision for students with disabilities

There are robust procedures in place for ensuring availability of reasonable adjustments to promote positive access and participation for disabled students in line with the Special Needs and Disability Act (2001), as well as the Health Professions Council Guidelines.

Values Based Recruitment

Since 1 April 2015, all Higher Education Institutions delivering NHS funded training programmes are required to assess students for their values using the core requirements set out in the Value Based Recruitment (VBR) framework. This assessment will take place as part of our recruitment process.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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Our graduates have excellent job prospects in a wide range of posts in hospitals, private practice, industry, special hospitals, social services, legal work, accident and emergency, and community work. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This enables you to work in the NHS and with social services. The qualification is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), giving you the chance to work abroad.